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Administrators are WikiNumismatists who have been nominated by the CoinFactsWiki community and have been granted some additional privileges over and above normal. Administrators have shown a good appreciation of the CoinFactsWiki policies and guidelines and made significant contributions on CoinFactsWiki articles.
The main features available only to administrators are: The main features available only to administrators are:
- Rolling back unwanted edits. Administrators may use the rollback tool to quickly undo all changes to an article made by the most recent editor. Currently, it is not possible to leave an explanation of a revert in the edit summary, so this tool is usually reserved only for obvious cases of graffiti, vandalism, or spam.
- Deleting a page. Only administrators can permanently delete an article or file; see the Deletion policy for details.
- Restoring deleted pages. Administrators can restore a page which has been deleted.
- Deleting an image. Only administrators can permanently delete an image.
- Protecting/unprotecting a page. An administrator can mark certain pages as protected; these pages can only be edited by other administrators. See the Protected page policy for details. * Blocking and unblocking IP addresses and users. If an IP address or a user account has been used for vandalism, and the perpetrator does not comply with given warnings, an administrator can block (and unblock) the user. This is a very very seldom used feature on CoinFacts Wiki.
The decision to give these privileges to certain users is pragmatic. Most vandalism and other changes that don't conform to policy can be reverted or changed by any serious WikiNumismatists. Protection and deletion cannot; therefore, these privileges are only granted to certain users.
Note that plenty of longtime WikiNumismatists may not want the responsibility of being an administrator. Administrators are the plumbers and janitors of CoinFactsWiki, and are asked to help perform some mundane tasks.
It's also important to remember that any user can edit, change, redirect, move, or otherwise muck with almost any article on CoinFactsWiki. It's not really necessary to wait for an administrator to do some "administrative" work; in fact, it's best to just plunge forward and do the job yourself.
Becoming an administrator
If you think a WikiNumismatists; including yourself, should become a CoinFactsWiki administrator, post their name on the administrator nominations page with a brief description of why the CoinFacts Wiki should have administrator privileges. After the deadline for discussion, if there is consensus in favor, a bureaucrat will grant them admin status.
There are no carved-in-stone requirements, but the following are generally considered advantageous: There are no carved-in-stone requirements, but the following are generally considered advantageous:
- A track record of at least a few months
- A firm understanding of CoinFacts Wiki policies and conventions.
- Active participation in policy discussions and settling disputes.
- Doing janitorial work like cleaning up vandalism and spam.
Administrators are not expected to spend all their waking hours working on CoinFactsWiki; if anything, taking long vacations to travel to coin shows, is encouraged!
Ending administrator privileges
Administrators who abuse their privileges can have those privileges revoked via nomination. Administrators who abuse their privileges can have those privileges revoked via nomination.
After losing admin privileges for any reason, a WikiNumismatists must go through the nomination process again to regain those privileges.